Getting 3D acceleration on VirtualBox, VMware, or Xen (Linux Host)

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As many of us know that, Virtual Box/ VMware provides the OpenGL acceleration to virtual graphics cards on VMs.
But that won't help you to get Direct3D acceleration from Direct X on Windows.



There are two options to achieve this.
Wine D3D - If you want Direct3D acceleration on your Microsoft Windows Guest OS. ( No matter what is the host OS )
VMGL (formerly Xen-GL) - vmgl will only work for Linux guest running on Linux guest. It works with Xen, VMware hosts, and it is also know to be working with Qemu, KVM and Virtual box.

Smooth Milky Gnome Panel Background

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Gnome Panel Background -
Smooth Milky
Rounded Edges
Normal Panel

24 Pixel Panel
24 Pixel Rounded Corner Panel
42 Pixel Panel
42 Pixel Rounded Corner Panel
24/42 Pixel Vertical Panels


Added - v 1.5
Rounded Panels
1024x24/1024x42
1200x24/1200x42
1600x24/1600x42

Smooth Black Gnome Panel Background

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Gnome Panel Background -
Smooth Black
Rounded Edges
Height 42 Pixel
Width 1440 Pixel

Added - v 1.2
24 Pixel Panel
24 Pixel Rounded Panel
42 Pixel Panel
24/42 Pixel Vertical Panels

Added - v 1.5
Rounded Panels
1024x24/1024x42
1200x24/1200x42
1600x24/1600x42

Universal Audio Video Converter for Linux and Windows

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You always need to convert your video and audio file to another format.
Or just change their quality.

You might know this.
You can convert most of the media formats in Linux, using ffmpeg or mencoder.

But it always not reliable to just type in those long commands, specially for new users.
For this we will be using ffmpeg/mencoder front-end which will create the long command itself and execute it.
You can also convert multiple files at once, save your favorite format profiles.

Aurora Elegant Gnome Panel Background

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Simple Top and Bottom Gnome panel backgrounds, suitable for Aurora Elegant GTK+ theme.

Backing up your Partition Table.

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You don't want your data go unsafe, don't you?
This one is common problem, getting your partition table corrupt.

So I always keep a Backup of it.
Which is more than easy, I'm using dd command, which for coping/converting/cloning/and imaging the file.
So the drives, because everything in Linux is file, except your NIC.

Fixing Windows MBR from Linux

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First we Install Windows then Linux.
But there are some newbies who just Install Linux with their existing Windows Installation.
Whenever you want to dual boot it is recommended to install those OS on different Hard drives not the Partition.
Reason for this - A hard drive will always have one MBR, Though you can install grub completely on a second/inactive partition.
but you cant make it boot directly or from Microsoft's Initial Program Loader.

Using Gedit as Python or C IDE

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Some people are real minimalist and want every application on their machine is to be lightweight.
Even on development platforms, Specially when you are carrying out your work at multiple places.
It is very important to keep your IDE lightweight and should support more languages you know!

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